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75 Best Restaurants in Atlanta: Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

In 2007, twin brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox opened their DeKalb Avenue restaurant. More than a decade later, you’ll still have to wait for a table.
Fox Bros. Que-osk

Exclusive: Fox Bros. Que-osk opens October 3 in Armour Yards

“It’s feeding an area where’s there’s not an abundant amount of food,” owner Jonathan Fox says. “It gives us the opportunity to play with some different menu items we’ve been tinkering with. There will be some surprises.”

Eat This: Fox Bros. B-B-Q “Burger”

Fox Bros. sells an estimated 100 burgers a day. Here's how this famous burger—a gut-busting monster of chopped brisket, peppery bacon, rich pimento cheese, and homemade jalapeño mayo—made it on the menu.

Tamales for the holidays

Known as a celebratory food in Mexico, tamales are particularly popular this time of year from the Feast of Guadalupe on December 12th through Three Kings’ Day on January 6th. In Atlanta, tamales can be found year-round, but certain restaurants, like Taqueria Del Sol and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, stock up for the holiday season.
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7. Fox Bros. BBQ

Pow! The brazenly seasoned meats served by the Brothers Fox, Jonathan and Justin, throw punches right to the kisser—and the crowds roar for more. Its central location near Little Five Points and its over-the-top approach to barbecue add up to an always-packed hot spot where the parking lot is one continuous standoff.

Bros in 
the Biz

Justin and Jonathan Fox, the identical twins who run Fox Bros. BBQ and Big Tex, were born within three minutes of each other in San Antonio on March 2—Texas Independence Day. As teenagers, both worked their first jobs at Six Flags Over Texas, where Justin made funnel cakes and Jonathan worked at a lemonade stand. When they moved to Georgia, they missed fair food but longed more for the beef barbecue of their home state. In 2001 the brothers began hosting annual blowout barbecue parties at their house, and in 2003, encouraged by their friends’ praise (and the lack of decent ’cue in Atlanta at the time), they began catering and approached Smith’s Olde Bar in Midtown about selling barbecue on Wednesday nights. Their smoky brisket, ribs, and pulled pork wowed concertgoers, and their one-night-a-week gig expanded to weekends as well. In 2007 the owners of Smith’s helped the Fox boys open their own barbecue joint, and the crowds have never let up.

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